Nursing Modules

Year 3

Healthcare Ethics and Law


The aim of this module is to allow students to revise ethical theories studied during their diploma programmes and to further develop their knowledge and understanding of moral philosophy and ethics and their application to health care. Students will explore a range of ethical issues including genomics, euthanasia, abortion, living wills, advanced medical directives and do not resuscitate orders from both an ethical/philosophical standpoint, as well as a legal one. Legal expertise is used to deliver the legal aspects.

Development in Nursing Practice


This module will provide an in-depth understanding of nursing as a profession with rich career opportunities, which evolves with time to meet the socio-political, economic, healthcare changes. Topics covered in this module include the conceptualization of professionalism of the health professionals with respect to identity, knowledge, skills, and values expected by the nursing discipline. Accordingly, it will address issues related to professionalism, professional values, and attitudes required of a registered nurse in practice. Role taking and positioning and transition issues will be explored. Reflective thinking, as one of the professional attributes in development and learning, will be discussed.

Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning


This module will provide an in-depth understanding of conducting a systematic health assessment, data collection, and interpretation of physical assessment findings.  Topics covered in this module include history taking, conducting a focused physical examination, developing clinical reasoning skills, and developing a treatment plan for the patient.  Students will be given the opportunity to develop systematic and focused health assessments that are sensitive to both the cultural and developmental needs of the individual.  Reflective practice on clinical reasoning and care planning will be included.

Health Systems - Singapore's Perspectives


The World Health Organization (WHO)’s framework of a health system includes resource generation, stewardship, funding and provisioning. The goal of a health system is to improve health, respond to expectations and focus on fairness in financial contribution. In this module, the Singapore health system is described and analyzed within the WHO’s framework. Students will learn to appreciate how policies are developed, health needs identified and met, intersectoral collaborations needed and established, and services organized and evaluated. Through interprofessional studies, they will learn about the needs of patients and the roles of different professions in the health systems addressing those needs.

Quantitative Research Methods and Statistical Appraisal


There are 2 parts to this module: (a) research methods; and (b) statistical appraisal. The first part of this module addresses the purposes, types of research questions, and designs of quantitative research. The students will be introduced to the steps of conducting a quantitative research study, including addressing ethical considerations.

The second part of this module will address statistical appraisal. The students will also be taught the use of statistical software to carry out statistical tests commonly used in nursing and healthcare statistical tests.

Principles and Practice of Population Health


Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals. It focuses on the determinants of health which include the social, economic, cultural and physical environment, as well as group characteristics and behaviours. It involves the measurement of health, which includes health outcomes such as morbidity, healthcare cost, health-related quality of life and mortality.

The overall goal of a population health management (PHM) is to maintain and improve the health of the entire population and optimise the distribution of health outcomes between population groups. PHM looks into geographical location and communities underpinning the planning of healthcare services at a national level. Other key elements of PHM such as inter-sectoral collaboration and public involvement will also be discussed using local initiatives as an example.

Students will examine various health programmes, theoretical frameworks and behaviour change models for PHM approaches for a group of individuals and communities in order to improve health. They will also be required to critically evaluate the application of such theories and models into practice for specific health programmes across different levels of care and lifespan in the local context in terms of efficacy and effectiveness.

Healthcare Innovation and Productivity


This module will focus on the development of knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes to enable the students to be industry-ready upon graduation to carry out healthcare innovation and productivity improvement projects.  The module will cover the principles, underpinning theories, and methodologies of innovation and productivity improvement. The students will experience experiential learning by addressing “real-world” clinical and/or operational problems within the healthcare organizations and developing innovative solutions during their clinical attachments.

Students will also develop skills in teamwork collaboration and critical thinking for effective stakeholder engagement, which is an integral component of innovation and productivity improvement professional activities.

Qualitative Research Methods


The aim of this module is to familiarise the student with the discipline of qualitative research and its relevance to all areas of nursing practice. The course will allow students to explore a range of qualitative methodologies, the appropriate data collection methods and approaches to analyses relevant to this paradigm. In addition, students will explore ethical issues related to research and research governance.

Health and Social Policy


The aim of this module is to introduce the student to some of the key concepts in health and social care at international, national and local levels. This will enable students to gain insight into the organisations responsible for the introduction and implementation of policy within a health and social care environment, what drives policy development and strategies for policy implementation. The students will have an opportunity to appraise the role of the nursing profession in the influencing and implementation of policy and enable the student to understand how policy translates into practice in a diverse range of health care settings.

Managing Long Term Conditions in Communities


The aim of this module is to introduce the student to aspects of care provision for individuals with long term conditions, taking cognisance of the physical, psychological and social implications.

Students will also have the opportunity to observe how care is provided for individuals with long term conditions in Scotland through implementation of a four week Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP). The experience will help the student to reflect and make comparisons with how such care is provided in Singapore, as well as being exposed to the wider aspects of health care provision in Scotland to appreciate the overall differences.